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Today's News

  • Progress stinks on sewer deal transition for Roane Regional

    The Roane County Commission voted unanimously Monday to authorize the county attorney to contact Lenoir City Utilities Board regarding the status of an agreement addressing ownership of the sewer system at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    County Executive Ron Woody asked Commission for the authorization after what he described as a lack of communication from the utility following some “back-and-forth” discussions.

    Woody said he hopes the attorney can help advance the discussion.

  • NEW YEAR, NEW HOPE

    By Cindy Simpson and Michelle Hollenhead

    A new year offers new opportunities in Harriman, Rockwood, Kingston and Oliver Springs.

    From continuing successful ongoing projects to the possibility of new ones, each mayor is hopeful about what 2017 can bring.

    In Harriman, seeing new life in the former Roane Medical Center is Mayor Wayne Best’s “No. 1 goal,” he said.

    The building has been vacant for several years, but Best said it is his hope to see it repurposed by the end of 2017.

  • EGGSCELLENT EGGHEADS
  • Trio plead guilty in federal meth case

    Three people pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday for their roles in an area methamphetamine conspiracy.

    Roane County residents Amanda Wells and Lamar England, and Morgan County resident Clarence Laymance are tentatively scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 2.

    Each appeared before U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville. Wells, 28, and England, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 5 grams or more of meth. Laymance, 45, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.

  • Health-care road show stops at Michael Dunn
  • Police: Speed caused fatal wreck

    From staff reports

    Rockwood Police Department has identified speeds in excess of 85 mph as a factor in the single-car crash that killed three on North Kingston Avenue last week.

    “The RPD, using information obtained from CIRT using data analysis downloaded yesterday from the vehicle’s Electronic Control Module [ECM] is complete,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright in a press release.

  • King aimed to uplift all

    By John Doloreaux

    Special to Roane County News

    As we look back in time to reflect on the many legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is critical to understand that his vision for humanity was not exclusive to the black race.

    King’s goal was to uplift the poor and forgotten, regardless of color. While he was a minister, he believed that human beings should not have to wait for an afterlife to gain relief from their corporeal suffering on Earth.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bits and bites prompted by the day’s news

    Gentle reader, we hope that you read assistant editrix Cheryl Duncan’s “Off the Cuff” column in the issue of Wednesday, 4 January, titled “Retreat from out-of-town meeting”, concerning the Roane County Board of Education’s proposed week-end out of town on a supposed “retreat” to decide on the future of education in Roane County.

  • Green Wave swamps Bears for first District 3A win

    By Ed Greif
    egreif@roanecounty.com
    The Midway basketball teams swept a pair of District 3A games from the Tellico Plains Bears Tuesday. The Green Wave defeated the Bears 50-44 to notch their first district win of the season, while the Lady Waves beat the Lady Bears 41-37.
    Midway 50, Tellico Plains 44:  "I am proud of my guys. They are trying to improve every day," Midway Coach Justin O'Toole. "Tellico Plains is well-coached. We battled tonight and breaks went our way at the end."

  • Green Wave swamps Tellico Plains Bears for District 3A win

    The Midway basketball teams swept a pair of District 3A games from the Tellico Plains Bears Tuesday. The Green Wave defeated the Bears 50-44 to notch their first district win of the season, while the Lady Waves beat the Lady Bears 41-37.
    Midway 50, Tellico Plains 44:  "I am proud of my guys. They are trying to improve every day," Midway Coach Justin O'Toole. "Tellico Plains is well-coached. We battled tonight and breaks went our way at the end."